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suicide

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noun sui·cide \ˈsü-ə-ˌsīd\

Definition of suicide

  1. 1a :  the act or an instance of taking one's own life voluntarily and intentionallyb :  ruin of one's own interests political suicidec :  apoptosis cell suicide

  2. 2 :  one that commits or attempts suicide

Examples of suicide in a Sentence

  1. She had thoughts of suicide.

  2. Authorities have officially ruled the death a suicide.

  3. There were two suicides last year at the university.

Recent Examples of suicide from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of suicide

Latin sui (genitive) of oneself + English -cide; akin to Old English & Old High German sīn his, Latin suus one's own, sed, se without, Sanskrit sva oneself, one's own


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suicide

adjective sui·cide

Definition of suicide

  1. :  of or relating to suicide; especially :  being or performing a deliberate act resulting in the voluntary death of the person who does it a suicide mission a suicide bomber

First Known Use of suicide

1773


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suicide

verb sui·cide

Definition of suicide

suicided

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suiciding

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to commit suicide

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to put (oneself) to death

Recent Examples of suicide from the Web

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First Known Use of suicide

1841



SUICIDE Defined for English Language Learners

suicide

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noun

Definition of suicide for English Language Learners

  • : the act of killing yourself because you do not want to continue living

  • : a person who commits suicide

  • : an action that ruins or destroys your career, social position, etc.

suicide

adjective

Definition of suicide for English Language Learners

  • : of or relating to suicide


SUICIDE Defined for Kids

suicide

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noun sui·cide \ˈsü-ə-ˌsīd\

Definition of suicide for Students

  1. 1 :  the act of someone who kills himself or herself purposely

  2. 2 :  a person who kills himself or herself purposely


Medical Dictionary

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suicide

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noun sui·cide \ˈsü-ə-ˌsīd\

Medical Definition of suicide

  1. 1:  the act or an instance of taking one's own life voluntarily and intentionally

  2. 2:  a person who commits or attempts suicide


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suicide

verb sui·cide

Medical Definition of suicide

suicided

;

suiciding

  1. intransitive verb

  2. :  to commit suicide

  3. transitive verb

  4. :  to put (oneself) to death



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